Humans and Big Data: Who is in charge?
Are computers now so adept at handling previously unimaginable amounts of data that a meaningful partnership can open between human and computer brain? In this week's Forum Carrie Gracie discusses the shared journey ahead with Aldo Faisal, a neurotechnologist bringing engineering expertise to the study of the human brain; Larry Norton, a cancer specialist harnessing a supercomputer to diagnosis and treatment; and statistician Patrick Wolfe trying to keep humans on top in a world of dizzying digital data. Illustration by Rosemary Baker.
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